Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 28

Thread: Hevi-Shot Hevi-Metal Pheasant Loads

  1. #11

    Default

    You might look into Rogers Sporting Goods and the Federal Heavyweights, they have the 2 3/4 6's on sale. They aren't cheap, but they are 15 gm/cc and they are awesome on pheasant. I usually take 5-6 of these plus a few heavy metal 3's as backup if I need a few extra shells.

  2. #12

    Default

    Rogers and Macks PW both have super prices on Hevishot. I was really impressed with the
    Hevishot Pheasant loads this FALL....

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    9

    Default

    After doing more research on the matter I came across Boss Shotshells out of Michigan. While their branding is atrocious and website just as bad, the folks who use their stuff seem to love it. Mostly goose hunters from what I've found online, but seems like their stuff would be a great pheasant load too. They also don't publish any density numbers; I reached out to them today for density info. If you buy a case of 200 shells the price is cheaper than Kent Bismuth and there's free shipping. I'm sure HeviShot is "worth" it, but no matter how many times I run the numbers I just can't justify spending that much per shell. HeviMetal is appealing but I'm trying to avoid using steel if I can. I think Boss's 12 ga 3" 5s could be a great all purpose load for waterfowl, turkey, and pheasants. I'll planning to buy a box and do some extensive patterning and pellet counts.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Wichita,KS.
    Posts
    1,180

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pds794 View Post
    After doing more research on the matter I came across Boss Shotshells out of Michigan. While their branding is atrocious and website just as bad, the folks who use their stuff seem to love it. Mostly goose hunters from what I've found online, but seems like their stuff would be a great pheasant load too. They also don't publish any density numbers; I reached out to them today for density info. If you buy a case of 200 shells the price is cheaper than Kent Bismuth and there's free shipping. I'm sure HeviShot is "worth" it, but no matter how many times I run the numbers I just can't justify spending that much per shell. HeviMetal is appealing but I'm trying to avoid using steel if I can. I think Boss's 12 ga 3" 5s could be a great all purpose load for waterfowl, turkey, and pheasants. I'll planning to buy a box and do some extensive patterning and pellet counts.
    I saw where someone around here was killing geese at 40 yards with Boss 5s

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    Delavan, WI
    Posts
    39

    Default

    I have been using Boss 5s in 20 ga on pheasants this year with good success, I don't hunt very much but I went 5 for 5 with those shells.

  6. #16

    Default

    Buy the cheapest lead loads you can find, but make sure they are 1 1-4 oz. That will always work well.Never use game loads, except for huns.

  7. #17

    Default

    I disagree Goosemaster. I buy the best shells that I can find. That is for both upland and waterfowl hunting
    I am going with the Hevishot's new Upland shells. I have always found the Hevishot shells to be top
    of the line

  8. #18
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Location
    Knoxville TN
    Posts
    20

    Default

    Agree with theuplandlife -- When I look at what I spend to chase pheasants, gas, motels, dog food, vet bills, shotguns, sporting clays, truck, etc., the cost of shells is not on the radar. Buy high quality shells from reputable manufacturers, the shells will perform better than I will.

  9. #19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pds794 View Post
    Do any of you have any experience with the Hevi-Shot Hevi-Metal pheasant loads? Looking to find a good, non-toxic round. If not, other recommendations on non-toxics?
    Shoot what you like, but I shoot steel when using nontoxic on pheasants. Steel shot lethality research conducted on pheasants by Tom Roster showed #2 steel to be more effective (at all ranges) than #6 or #4 steel. Yes, #4 and #6 steel loads will kill'em, but a little extra pellet energy is a good thing on wild pheasants where shots can get on the long side. The research also showed #2 steel resulted in fewer cripples than both #6 and #4 steel. And, Roster speculated that the #3 steel pellet would be a good compromise between pellet count and downrange energy.

    Here are a few of my pattern numbers with the 12-gauge 2 3/4" steel load I use for pheasants to give you an idea of how #2 steel performs in my gun/chokes!

    Patterning results from a 12-gauge Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels using Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

    12 GA 2 3/4" REMINGTON SPORTSMAN HI-SPEED STEEL LOAD
    1 1/8 oz #2 steel (139 pellets) @ 1375 fps
    30 YARDS – SK / pattern 116 (84%)
    30 YARDS – IC / pattern 129 (93%)
    40 YARDS – IC / pattern 111 (80%)
    40 YARDS – M / pattern 114 (82%)
    50 YARDS – IM / pattern 100 (72%)
    50 YARDS – F / pattern 106 (76%)

    Here are a few more of my pattern numbers to show the performance differences I found with my gun/choke between some of the low-cost steel loads and a couple Hevi products.

    Patterning results from a 12-gauge 3-inch Remington 870 Special Purpose with a 28" barrel and factory flush Rem-chokes (pattern average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, in-shell pellet count average of five, and true choke constriction from bore gauge).

    40 YARDS Mod. (.018" const.)
    Federal Speed-Shok 3" 1 1/4 oz #3 steel (186 pellets) pattern 128 (69%)
    Remington Sportsman 3" 1 1/4 oz #3 steel (193 pellets) pattern 146 (76%)
    Winchester Xpert 3" 1 1/4 oz #3 steel (195 pellets) pattern 131 (67%)

    Federal Speed-Shok 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (154 pellets) pattern 115 (75%)
    Federal Black Cloud 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (144 pellets) pattern 92 (64%)
    Hevi-Metal 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 / #5 (164 pellets) pattern 93 (58%)
    HEVI-STEEL 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (148 pellets) pattern 100 (68%)
    Kent Fasteel 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (155 pellets) pattern 103 (66%)
    Remington Sportsman 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (152 pellets) pattern 110 (72%)
    Winchester Xpert 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (146 pellets) pattern 106 (73%)

    Good luck!

  10. #20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dakotasj View Post
    Agree with theuplandlife -- When I look at what I spend to chase pheasants, gas, motels, dog food, vet bills, shotguns, sporting clays, truck, etc., the cost of shells is not on the radar. Buy high quality shells from reputable manufacturers, the shells will perform better than I will.
    I agree Dakota. Hevishot has a new upland Bismuth shell that I am going to use this FALL in the Dakotas. The higher quality shells
    do perform better despite what some might have you believe

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •